Himanish Basu

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We report on optical trapping in a weakly absorbing medium, hemin, an iron-containing porphyrin that is an important component of hemoglobin. By altering the hemin concentration we are able to control the amount of optical energy that is absorbed; changing the hemin concentration from <12 mg/ml to >45 mg/ml enables the onset of thermal trapping to be(More)
Tank-treading (TT) motion is established in optically trapped, live red blood cells (RBCs) held in shear flow and is systematically investigated under varying shear rates, temperature (affecting membrane viscosity), osmolarity (resulting in changes in RBC shape and cytoplasmic viscosity), and viscosity of the suspending medium. TT frequency is measured as a(More)
Malaria parasites reside inside erythrocytes and the disease manifestations are linked to the growth inside infected erythrocytes (IE). The growth of the parasite is mostly confined to the trophozoite stage during which nuclear division occurs followed by the formation of cell bodies (schizogony). The mechanism and regulation of schizogony are poorly(More)
Optical trapping (tweezing) has been used in conjunction with fluid flow technology to dissect the mechanics and spatio-temporal dynamics of how neural progenitor/stem cells (NSCs) adhere and aggregate. Hitherto unavailable information has been obtained on the most probable minimum time (∼5 s) and most probable minimum distance of approach (4-6 µm) required(More)
Two new photoaffinity derivatives of polyamines have been synthesized by the reaction of spermine or spermidine with methyl 4-azidobenzimidate. The new compounds were purified chromatographically and characterized by several methods including proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The spermine derivative is N1-ABA-spermine [(azidobenzamidino)spermine], and(More)
A modified optical tweezers set-up has been used to generate microbubbles in flowing, biologically relevant fluids and human whole blood that contains carbon nanotubes (CNTs) using low power (< or =5 mW), infrared (1064 nm wavelength), continuous wave laser light. Temperature driven effects at the tweezers' focal point help to optically trap these(More)
The birefringence of a red blood cell (RBC) is quantitatively monitored as it becomes infected by a malarial parasite. Large changes occur in the cell's refractive index at different stages of malarial infection. The observed rotation of an optically trapped, malaria-infected RBC is not a simple function of shape distortion: the malarial parasite is found(More)